The Policy Connection is a free quarterly publication provided by the KSBA Policy Service that is sent to all board members, superintendents, KOSAA members and others who request to receive it.
January 2022
Katrina Kinman, Editor
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Policy Audit Service – Floyd County Board of Education
Title IX proposals
The Biden administration announced on Dec. 10, 2021, that it’s planning to unveil major education civil rights proposals that rewrite Trump-era rules on sexual misconduct and create new protections for transgender students in April, a month earlier than it previously expected.

KSBA Policy Staff plan to include any required policy changes in the Annual Update this May.

Policy references 03.1621/03.2621/09.428111
School nutrition/physical activity forum
The district shall permit community participation in the student wellness process by holding an advertised public forum by Jan. 31 of each year to present a plan to improve the school nutrition and physical activities in the district in accordance with KRS 158.856.

Policy references 07.1/09.2
Budget planning and adoption
On or before Jan. 31, the board shall formally and publicly examine a detailed estimate of revenues and proposed expenditures by line item for the following fiscal year. On or before May 30, the board shall adopt a tentative working budget, which includes a minimum reserve of 2% of the total budget.
Policy reference 04.1
Certified employees may be appointed by the superintendent for any school year at any time after Feb. 1 preceding the beginning of the school year.
Policy reference 03.11
Staffing allocations

Each local board shall provide each school council notice of a tentative staffing and budget allocation for the coming fiscal year by March 1.
Policy reference 02.4331
Annual update preparation
Policy staff are already working on the upcoming 2022 Annual Policy/Procedure Update to be sent to districts in late May. In the meantime, you may want to review any outstanding draft policies or procedures, particularly any older outstanding drafts. To avoid overlap, the annual update process is often made smoother if outstanding drafts have been acted on, reviewed or deleted if no longer under consideration.

Please contact your assigned policy consultant for additional information. Check to see who is your assigned policy consultant.

Revisions to handbooks based upon policy changes in the update will be sent to districts after the update documents are sent.
Policy reference 01.5
Regular meetings/organizational meetings

At a meeting in January, the board shall adopt a schedule of regular meetings for the calendar year, identifying the date, time and place of each meeting. The first meeting in January shall be an organizational meeting for the purpose of electing a chairperson and vice chairperson.

Policy references 01.41/01.42
Annual practices/drills

A building lockdown practice shall be implemented at least twice during each school year. At a minimum, lockdown drills are to be held during the first 30 instructional days of the school year and in January. As directed by the superintendent, the principal or other building supervisor shall document that the practice has occurred.

Severe weather/tornado and safe area evacuation drills are to be held during the first 30 instructional days of the school year and in January. Designated school primary and secondary evacuation routes are to be posted by any doorway used for evacuation.

Policy references 05.411/05.42
Update on OSHA vaccine/testing mandate 

From KSBA Staff Attorney John Powell:

The U.S. Supreme Court has issued an opinion reinstating the stay against the OSHA vaccine mandate pending a hearing on the merits of the case in the U.S. 6th Circuit Court. Read the opinion. The vote was 6-3 in favor of reinstating the stay. The majority opinion stated that “Applicants are likely to succeed on the merits of their claim that the Secretary lacked authority to impose the mandate.” They further stated that “The question, then, is whether the Act plainly authorizes the Secretary’s mandate. It does not. The Act empowers the Secretary to set workplace safety standards, not broad public health measures.”

Policy references 03.14/03.24

Mileage rate update

If your district reimburses for mileage at the state rate, be advised that the rate per mile effective Jan. 1 – March 31 is 44 cents per mile. Review the updated mileage reimbursement information.

Policy references 03.125/03.225
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Save the Date - Upcoming KSBA Events

2022 KSBA Annual Conference
Feb. 25-27 (Kentucky International Convention Center)

2022 KOSAA Annual Conference
Feb. 25 (Marriott Downtown Louisville)

2022 CSBA Spring Meeting
Feb. 25-26 (Marriott Downtown Louisville)

Policy reference 01.83
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